Katie Axt has stepped down from her role as director and senior planner of Paducah Main Street. Mayor George Bray told The Sun that Axt was leaving for another career opportunity.
“We appreciate all that Katie has done and wish her the best of luck in pursuing her career,” Bray said.
“Paducah’s planning department is critical to our long-term success, so we will continue to build it by hiring the right people to achieve the goals the department has with our city’s developers, projects and neighborhoods.”
Bray added that the city will “work hard” to fill all crucial positions.
Among her various works with the city, Axt was involved in Paducah’s first tax increment financing (TIF) district, which received final approval from the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority in March 2021.
She was also involved with Project City Block: an approximately $24 million venture with Louisville-based developer Weyland Ventures to redevelop land at Second and Broadway in downtown Paducah.
“I’m joining a private sector consultancy and will be working on infrastructure projects,” Axt told The Sun, emphasizing waterfront development.
“My time with the city has been a wonderful and valuable experience. I’m proud of the work I’ve been able to do with the city and through the Main Street Council. It has been a great honor to serve the city of Paducah and I am grateful for this experience and I am optimistic about the future of downtown and the direction the commission and Mayor Bray are heading,” she said. declared.
City communications manager Pam Spencer said it would be business as usual to revitalize public space.
“Everything is going to keep moving forward,” Spencer said. “The City Block project may come under the town planning department, the town hall… It’s a multi-departmental project.”
Axt started with the city in the summer of 2018 and has brought 12 years of planning experience to Paducah. Originally from St. Louis, she previously worked for nine years in New York, specializing in waterfront development.